pazyryk carpet

It seems fitting to start at the beginning with a brief moment dedicated to the Pazyryk (or Pasyryk) carpet. As the oldest known carpet, its importance was ingrained in me while taking a course on the history of carpets at Bard Graduate Center a few years ago. It was discovered along the border of Siberia and Mongolia by a Russian archaeologist named Rudenko in 1949 . It’s about 70″ square and is believed to have been created in the mid 5th century, B.C.E. What’s really cool though, is to see how highly developed the carpet is — and to realize that carpet weaving must have been going on for many centuries prior to have reached the level of expertise the Pazyryk displays. It has lots of interesting details, especially the men riding horses along the border.